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The best free events and festivals in NYC

Discover a ton of free events and festivals in our handy, chronological guide to freebies in New York City

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Broke? No matter what sort of wallet-friendly happening you’re looking for, we've got it. Click through our easy-to-navigate roundup of the best free art exhibitions, free concerts, free club nights and much more!

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Best free events and festivals in NYC

Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade
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Catholic war veterans lead Brooklyn service organizations in honor of fallen soldiers and their families in one of the oldest parades in Brooklyn—in fact, it's now in its 155th year. Sponsored by the United Military Veterans of Kings County, the ceremony kicks off at 11am on Third Avenue and 78th Street in Bay Ridge, then proceeds along Fourth Avenue and ends with a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton. The NYPD and FDNY will also march, Brooklyn high-school bands will perform, and antique fire trucks and autos will be on display.

Romy & Michele's Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance
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DJ Bright Light Bright Light’s joyous tribute to the still-untouchable heroines of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion delivers a consistent stream of Mariah Carey, Scissor Sisters, Bette Midler and TLC to a merry band of adorable acolytes. Share your favorites on the DJ booth via Post-it and revel in the fact that you look totally cutting edge.

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